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Guy, Ira 

Directory of The Afr«-Americans 
•f T#peka, Kansas, 1907. 

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/jpONTAINING a review of the past 
and present commercial and fi- 
nancial conditions of the colored people 
of Topeka and Shawnee County, Kans. 
CWith roster of all business, pro- 
fessional and tradesmen ; their churches 
and other organizations. 

Prepared by 

IRA O. GUY'* President Topeka Business League 




TT would be base ingratitude if we should fail to ex- 
press our high appreciation for the assistance 
which we have for the past three years received from 
the Topeka Commercial Club through the kind and 
friendly acts of its President and Secretary, Mr. C. K. 
Holliday and Major T. J. Anderson, respectively. 

We have never requested of them anything which 
was not absolutely essential in promoting the interest 
of our local league. They have never refused us any 
thing which was in their power to give or to assist us 
in getting. 

Assistance such as they have given goes farther in 
producing beneficial results of a permanent nature 
than twice that amount given in most any other 
direction. For their constant interest in our success 
along commercial, financial and industrial lines we are 
most grateful and trust that our efforts towards mak- 
ing progress along these lines may be successful to 
the extent at least, that will justify them in feeling 
they have been repaid for what they have done for us. 

" Ira 0. Guy 

IRA 0. GUY, 
1st Vice-President National Negro Business League 

President National Negro Business League 


Business Leagues are organized for the same purpose as are Chambers of 
Commerce and Commercial Clubs. In our city we have colored men who are 
members of the Commercial Club, Grocers' Association and other such bodies. 
But the average colored business house is small in size yet and their methods 
of business operations are in the stage of development today that most 
white houses were 20 and 25 years ago. It is, therefore, necessary to have 
organizations of our own, which deal with our present needs and create favor- 
able conditions, such that as fast as time will permit we may develop and put 
in practice that spirit of commercialism which is necessary to the possession 
and proper enjoyment of all the rights and obligations of true citizenship. 

Before a Business League can do effective work in promoting the com- 
mercial and financial interests of the people in its community, it must know 
the conditions of the various business houses and their proprietor the num- 
ber of different houses and everything else about them. This known, it will 
not be so difficult to determine along which lines the efforts of the body should 
be directed, in stimulating existing establishments and helping to start new 

The National Negro Business League today ranks among the greatest 
organizations of its kind in the United States. Without losing sight of the 
fact that its founder is an intellectual Hercules, we do not hesitate 
to assert our belief that nothing contributed to the rapid and permanent 
growth and development of this great commercial agency more than Dr. Wash- 
ington's original method of bringing together the most successful men from 
all sections of the country and having them tell their story of how they suc- 
ceeded in life and thus acquainting them with the true conditions in all other 
sections of the country. To be able to say positively that there are 126 colored 
drug stores in the country counts for more than any number of bombastic de- 
clarations that we are able to succeed in business without a single case 
as an example to point to. To know there are 34 colored banks in the country 
gives us much more hope and confidence in ourselves than to say the reason 
we haven't (as we had to say before the existance of the National Negro Busi- 
ness League) but three banks is because we do not have the chance to get a 
start, as the white boy does. 

Nothing will assist more effectively in carrying on this great work than 
for the 450 active Leagues in this country to publish annual directories, giving 
the true conditions of the colored business men and women of their com- 
munities, and after careful comparison and reflection bending their united 
energies in the direction best calculated to produce the largest and most lasting 

The Migration 

About 27 years ago, six or seven thousand dissatisfied people left the south, 
principally the states of Tennessee and Mississippi to find homes in the west. 
All of them being ex-slaves or their descendants, were very poor. What- 
ever money they had laid by before leaving their native states, was in most 


cases spent before they arrived in Kansas. Upon reaching here they were in 
such destitute circumstances that they threw themselves on the mercies 
of the people of this state, for food and clothing, until they could begin to 
maintain themselves. About five thousand of these people located in Topeka 
and Shawnee County. 

The colored population of Topeka before this time had consisted of only a 
few families, all of whom were very thrifty. Since this time, many of the 
best types of our people have come here from the Carolinas, Ohio, Missouri, 
Illinois and other states. 

Kansas was peculiarly adapted for the new-comers. Her changeable cli- 
mate exerted a good influence on these people, many of whom were shiftless 
and slothful. Her small towns encouraged simple and common-sense habits of 
living. Her many thousand acres of land, enriched by the blood of un-num- 
bered martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of human freedom, 
offered homes and the means of gaining an independent livelihood, to all who 
were so inclined. 

The new-comers were equal to the occasion. No people had fought harder 
in the last year of the Rebellion than they. In addition they had left their 
native state in the search of an opportunity of gaining a livlihood and the free 
use of all their physical and mental powers. The opportunity presented itself 
and they seized it. By a constant, determined and never-tiring efforts they 
have produced a state of financial prosperity, found no-where else in the north, 
east or west and not in many places in the south. 

Topeka and Shawnee County 

Shawnee County lies in the Kaw valley — Its sandy soil, watered by the 
Kaw river, is rich and fertile. The occupation of its inhabitants are chiefly 
truck-gardening, poultry-raising and fruit-growing. In all of these lines the 
colored people figure very prominently, owning about 3000 acres of farm land 
and renting a considerable amount in addition. Topeka, the county seat of 
Shawnee County, and the capital of Kansas, is situated on the north and south 
banks of the Kaw river. The two sections are connected by the Melan bridge, 
the largest concrete bridge in the world. The Santa Fe and Rock Island rail- 
roads have each a steel bridge across the river. Topeka is a beautiful city, has 
many parks, broad streets and boulevards. Her streets are adorned with beauti- 
ful modern homes. She has about 50 miles of paved streets, 160 miles of brick, 
stone and cement sidewalk. There are 71 church buildings, costing $687,000; 
a new Y. M. C. A. building, costing $47,000. There are 26 school buildings, 
27 hotels, 9 banks, 2 telephone systems, 27 wholesale houses and 369 manufact- 
uring plants. In addition she has 9 educational institutions, the largest and 
most popular of which is Washburn College. There are 38 miles of street rail- 
way tracks in the city, and the city railway system is the best in the west. 

The few facts given in the preceding paragraph will not begin to compare 
with what our people in some places can say of their home town Yet we feel 
far more proud of Topeka than the New Yorker does of his city or the Chicago, 
St. Louis, or Kansas City colored man does of his. Our reason for this is be- 
cause the opportunity of our people to get a start and succeed in life is far 
superior to those offered in any of the large metroplitian cities of the country, 
in no city does any man who has the "stuff" in him, get a better show when 
it comes to pure business patronage than in Topeka. 


The Churches 

The church has always been the pioneer organization in any community 
where the colored people live in considerable numbers. In fact, the doings 
of the church and its financial and spiritual condition, constitutes the chief 
topic of interest among our people in the average town. 

In Topeka, there are about twenty-five churches among our people. They 
each have their history of a checkered career. At present, however, practic- 
ally all of them are in a healthy state of growth, spiritually and financially. 
The pastors of all of the churches are men of exceptionally rare abilities 
and are eminently fitted for the high calling of the ministry. Many of these 
honorable gentlemen will be recognized as men of national reputation, and 
actively engaged in the work of outlining and putting into operation the future 
policies of their respective denominations. 


The St. John A. M. E. Church occupies a beautiful site, centrally located, 
on the corner of Seventh street and Topeka avenue. For many years this 
church has stood as a monument to the faith and devotion of the race. The 
property is worth $15,000, with a mortgage debt of less than $1,000. The 
congregation is composed of people from all the walks of life; among them 
lawyers, doctors, professors, merchants and mechanics. Many of the communi- 
cants as well as attendants own property in all parts of the city. The church 
is doing good work under the pastorate of Rev. J. E. Edwards and is considered 
a worthy factor in building up and maintaining the moral worth of the com- 

Rev. J. E. Edwards, the present pastor of St. John A. M. E. Church, came 
to this charge a little more than a year ago from the First Church at Los 

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St. John A. M. E. Church 


Angeles, Calif., where he had served seven years consecutively, giving full sat- 
isfaction and accomplishing an excellent work. He has succeeded in reducing 

the mortgage debt to $722. Th 

perience which the pastor has had in church 

work aside from his training in schools fits him most eminently for the work. 
Ejs twelve years in Texas and the same in California are marked with special 
success, and universal endorsement by the communities which he served. The 
parish of St. John is profiting by the faithful and untiring service of the present 
pastor. His attention and care over all the departments of the church cannot 
fail to be helpful to each. He stands by the right hand of the superintendent 
of the Sunday School, encouraging and rendering every possible assistance. 
The Allen League of G. E. never meets without him; in fact, there is nothing 
in the church but that the pastor is identified with it. Rev. Edwards is looked 
upon by the many worshippers at St. John as one of the best speakers it has 
ever been their good fortune to have. The Reverend most invariably fills his 
own pulpit, unless some distinguished minister or needy brother is present. 


The Shiloh Baptist Church, corner of Twelfth and Buchanan streets, was 
organized twenty-six years ago. It is located in the heart of what is known as 
"Tennesseetown," with a membership of 350 of some of the best citizens of 
Topeka, representing all lines of industry and nearly every trade and profession. 
Ninety per cent of the members are property owners. Among all the agencies 
for good in that section of the city, Shiloh stands out the most prominent. 
Some of the best men of the denomination have been at some time pastors of 
Shiloh. Last June the church celebrated her Quarto-Centennial, on which oc- 
casion the progress made by the members in all the pursuits of life were re- 

Shiloh stands for Christian education and missions, both home and for- 
eign. The pastor, Rev. C. G. Fishback, B.D., who is field secretary of the foreign 
mission board of the national Baptist Convention, states that Shiloh ranks 
with the leading Baptist churches in America in her contributions for African 


This beautiful structure, the founda- 
tion for which was laid eleven years 
ago, is now being erected on the corner 
of Third and Quincy streets, a most de- 
sirable and centrally-located site, three 
blocks from the postoffice. The founda- 
tion was laid and the Sunday School 
room built on one end of it by Rev. G. 
D. Olden, D.D. When completed it will 
be the most modern and completely - 
equipped church edifice of the denomi- 
nation in the state of Kansas. The 
church was organized forty years ago 
and looks back upon a long list of dis- 
tinguished ex-pastors, among whom are 
the following divines: H. H. White 
D.D., J. F. Gray, J. F. Thomas Browder 
P. Johnson Bell, Jones, G. D. Olden, D.D 
and Duvall. 

The building is complete in its ap- 
pointments, having three vestibules, a 

basement, dressing rooms, pastor's study, large Sunday School room, and spacious 
auditorium. The history of the congregation is that of many besetments, fierce 
conflicts and hard struggles, yet they are willing "to bear the toil, endure the 
pam and fight "to win the prize." The membership is now much smaller 
than when the foundation was laid, but is gradually increasing. In this num- 
ber, however, are some of the Master's faithful and true, who are much de- 
voted to His work and worship. It is their great love forthe Master's cause 
that enables us to go forward with the work. 

Rev. T. J. Carr, formerly of Clarksvillc, Tenn., is the present pastor, and 
counts on success only by wrestling with God as Jacob did. 7 


Pastor First African Baptist Church, 3rd and Quincy Sts, 

The Colored Y. M. C. A. 

The successful accomplishment of any important undertaking is always 
preceeded by several direct or indirect attempts of a similar nature. Six 
years ago last February, Rev. G. W. Guy, a retired minister of the North 
Missouri conference, began to hold Sunday afternoon meetings at 429 Kansas 
Avenue. These meetings were intended to attract young men, and help to 
check the wave of criminalty which was, at that time increasing at an alarm- 
ing rate, to the detriment of our people. The meetings were successful and 
were indorsed by such men as Dr. T. J. McFarland, D. D. who was then pas- 
tor of the First M. E. Church, corner of Sixth and Harrison Streets, and Prof. 
F. W. Ellis at that time Dean of Washburn College and Instructor in Ethics 
and Psychology at the same institution. Later the meetings were tranf erred 
to the Industrial Institute, which was located in the southern part of the city. 
For two years the meetings flourished and were the source of much good to 
the community. The annual visits of Mr. R. C. Bedford, Traveling Secretary 
of the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute were made occasions for special 
rallies for these meetings. When the Industrial Institute moved to its present 
location, 3 miles east of the city, meetings were temporarily abandoned. In the 
winter of the same year Mr. W. C. Evans and Mr. Mitchell of the Central Y. 
M. C. A. and others visited the several colored churches and made an effective 
appeal for the young men to meet and organize a Bible class. The meetings 
were well attended; to such an extent that the following year service were 
held on Sunday afternoons also. The interest in the movement increased until 
in the spring of the following year, the present colored department of the Y. 
M. C. A. was organized by Mr. J. E. Moreland of Washington D. C, national 

Y. M. C. A. Ladies Auxilliary 

secretary of the Y. M. C. A. When the colored Masons purchased their pre- 
sent building at 402 and 404 Kansas avenue, the association leased the south 
half of the second floor, and remodeled it to suit the purposes of the organiza- 
tion. Since this time the growth of the department has been healthy and 
rapid, the work in the night school being especially helpful to those who avail 
themselves of the opportunity to attend. Last fall it became imperative to 
enlarge the scope of work. Accordingly, on the occasion of a visit by Mr. More- 
land, it was decided to add the Physical Training department to the work. 

Thirty solicitors were assigned to as many districts of the city, and in five 
days $1004.00 was secured in pledges. This money was collected, the gym- 
nasium equipped and on February 20th of this year the new department was 
opened to the members. Of the money raised for this branch of the work 
two-thirds of it was donated by the colored members and friends of the or- 
ganization. Too much praise cannot be given to Dr. Wm. E. Jackson and Mr. 
Robert DeFrantz for their untiring zeal and sacrifice, which has been responsi- 
ble as much as anything else for the success of tha movement. 

Y. M. C. A. Night Class in Business Course 

Y. M. C. A. Night School in Elementary School Branches 

Public Schools. 

The thirst of the colored man for an education is unquenchable. It is 
safe to say that no other race has attended school more faithfully under so un- 
favorable conditions as he. That he has seemed so slow in applying him- 
self in a practical way to gaining a livlihood, along all lines of usefulness is 
not a result of over-education, as is often believed, but caused by one sided 

In Topeka, we are gradually learning to make a living by applying our 
knowledge and trained intellects to other, as well as professional pursuits. The 
standard of citizenship of our colored population is above that of the average 
city. There CAnnot be any doubt but that this is due largely to the liberal ad- 
vantages which the public schools of this city have offered us in the grade and 
High school, together with the excellent quality of work done by the teachers. 

Political Life. 

There has always been an unusual amount of interest taken by our people 
in the political affairs of this city and county. It is the concensus of opinion 
that the influence we exert in this direction is not as strong at present as it 
was in former years. We all differ as to the cause for this. Whatever the 
cause, it is for us to decide whether present conditions will become better or 
worse We must create conditions which will be favorable to our individual 
and collective interests. We should know by this time, that regardless of our 
complaining, the present state of affairs will not cease, but will increase, if 
we do not control a larger share of the material resources of the county. 
Complaining will not create conditions. If we feel responsible for our bearing 
on the citizenship of the community, then it is our duty to unite our effort in 
a direction which will be the most effective in changing conditions. 

J. H. Guy's Residence 

Looking Backwards 

The migration of our people to this States which we made mention of in a 
preceding paragraph, began in the year 187!) and continued until the close 
of the year 1880. As a result of this migration, the State had 40,000 more people 
added to its population; These people gained possession of a considerable 
amount of land. A few years later the great boom opened. In spite of the 
great slump in real estate caused by the breaking of the boom, we have held in 
our possession and have acquired a good per cent of the real estate of the State. 
We do not wish to leave the impression that our condition is by any means 
what it could have been, nor do we mean we are contented with the results. 
Worry and complaining will accomplish nothing. It is our belief that by taking 
things as we find them and doing our best under the circumstances we can ac- 
complish far more than by any amount of idle complaining and fault-finding. 

All over the State, and especially here in Topeka, the propensity for acquir- 
ing property and engaging in business is growing. The habits of thrift and 
economy are becoming more prevalent. Self-reliance in our ability to conduct 
business and make it pay is stronger, because of our past successes. There is 
no doubt but that we are on the verge of one of the most prosperous times ever 
witnessed by colored people. The opportunity is waiting. It is for us to say 
whether we will allow it to escape. 

In early days, our people, feeling the need of a church, would call a meeting 
and organized one. 1 have not heard of a church being organized without the 
endorsement and support of at least one sinner. The same is true of our 
schools. After slavery, our uneducated parents felt the need of schools for 
their children. In my mind there is not the least doubt but that the liberal 
support which the white man has given to the education of our people has been 
largely inspired by the intense interest our foreparents took in seeing us re- 
ceive an education. What is true of us in the religious and intellectual world 
is true in the business world. There is no longer that thickness of com- 
prehension of the needs and relations of the material things in life to the 
spiritual and intellectual. We are slowly realizing that we do not need to 
be in poverty and filth to be a Christian. We are also realizing that it is pos- 
sible for a rich man to get to heaven, as well, and sometimes a little better, 
than a poor man. It is just as essential that we have the support of our 
people who are not in business in our League work as it was that the non- 
Christian man help us in our church work. It is also as essential that we 
shall be able to draw the support of the white people to us in our business 
undertakings by the interest our people not engaged in business have in our 
success, as it is that we draw support for our schools. 

Our Bearing On Citizenship. 

After all that is true — and not true, for that matter— has been said as 
to our progress along the various lines of business, we must face the cold and 
scrutinizing gaze of a critical public and receive its verdict on the good or bad 
manner in which we have performed our work. If perchance we are able to 
deceive the public by a false representation, sooner, or later our very character 
w T ill speak out in no uncertain tone, and disclose to the world our real condition. 
We should reflect seriously on our past history and examine closely our 
present situation. If it is not such as would reflect credit at close inspection, 
the least thing we can do is to make good while we have the opportunity. 

If an antagonistic wave should for some reason sweep over our city, * 
threatening to rob us of many just and necessary advantages and privileges, 
would the white business men, who at all times are influenced in their 
actions solely from a chance of loss or gain, feel that they w T ould suffer finan- 
cially from the loss of our patronage, to an extent that would cause them to 
decide they could not take sides against us? Does our business character work 
to our advantage? Has our method of conducting business strengthened the 
confidence of the whites in the capability of the colored man to do something 
besides menial labor? Is there any advantage in our organizing for mutual 
assistance in commercial and financial undertakings ? 


The Topeka Colored Business League. 

The first attempts at organization by the colored business men in Topeka 
was directly prompted by a desire to create a fund large enough to make it 
possible for those interested to meet the competition of the large up- town retail 
stores, in selling goods. It was intended to use this fund in buying large quan- 
tities of certain articles of merchandise, thereby getting the same price as the 
large competitor. This plan never materialized. Later weekly meetings were 
held in South Topeka for the purpose of discussing various phases of all busi- 
ness subjects. These meetings proved beneficial for a while, but finally the 
interest waned because everyone had talked himself out. Besides, there was 
not any outline of work for the body to follow or any specific purpose in meet- 
ing. Afterwards several spasmodic attempts at organization were made, until 
in the spring of 1904 a meeting was called by Mr. Clay Odell, Mr. J. JI. 

Colored Masonic Hall, 404-406 Kansas Ave. 


Childers and Dr. Kriscoe (deceased), at Stonestreet & Hamilton's undertaking 
establishment, for the purpose of making an effort to secure the 1905 meeting 
of the National Negro Business League for Topeka. These meetings flourished 
Until it was found that funds could not be raised with which to send a dele^ 
gate to Indianapolis to ask for the meeting. Feeling that it was a serious mis- 
take to not send a representative to this meeting, the writer at his personal 
expense (excepting $2.00 received from Mr. J. M. Wright and a similar amount 
from Dr. 0. A. Taylor) went to Indianapolis and asked for the meeting, in be- 
half of Topeka. lie was of course, unsuccessful. The following year he was 
instrumental in having Mr; J. M. Wright assigned for a paper on the program 
of the New York meeting of the National Negro Business League. At this 
time he took a delegation with us to New York and made a strong fight for 
the meeting, but w r as again Unsuccessful. 

In the fall of the same year the local League was reorganized and an out- 
line of work mapped for the coming year, for we had been convinced that the 
best results could only be obtained by uniting and concentrating our efforts in 
an intelligent direction. To accomplish this in addition to the regular commit- 
tees twelve bureaus were created, with special work assigned to each. This 
year w r e obtained better results in the League work. The most successful 
event of this year's work was the open meeting on June 28th, 1906, at which 
time Mr. Theodore W. Jones, one of the most successful business men in the 
country, and a member of the executive committee of the National Negro Busi- 
ness League, was present and addressed the members and citizens of the city. 
The good effects of Mr. Jones' visit and address are strongly felt today and he 
will always be remembered and welcomed in Topeka. 

One fact it would be well to impress on the minds of the reader, and that is 
the efforts to form a Business League in Topeka was made necessary, first be- 
cause there was not a colored, bank in the city where men whose integrity and 
honesty as well as ability as business men was not questioned could secure the 
amount of accommodation necessary for them to successfully compete with 
other men in their respective lines of business. W 7 e contend that we must have 
a good bank, and can support one. It is our intention to not stop until the 
colored people have a substantial bank established in this city. 

In the summer of 1906 we were successful in securing two representatives 
for the program of the National Negro Business League from Kansas for the 
Atlanta meeting. They were Mr. Charles Whitney, a contractor, of Topeka, 
and Mr. Foster Williams, a merchant, of Coffeyville. At this meeting through a 
determined fight by the writer (the only representative from Kansas present at 
the Atlanta meeting) assisted by many of his influential friends, among whom 
were Mr. T. W. Jones of Chicago, Mr. J. E. Bush and Judge M. W. Gibbs of 
Little Rock, Ark.; Dr. S. A. Furniss and Hon. D. D. Knox of Indianapolis, Hon. 
T. T. Fortune of New Jersey, Rev. W. R. Pettiford of Alabama, Hon. M. M. 
Lewey of Florida, Mr. Chas. Banks of Mississippi, Mr. Fred R. Moore and Mr. 
P. A. Payton, Jr., of New York; Mr. F. D. Patterson of Ohio, Mr. J. C. Jack- 
son of Kentucky, Mr. J. C. Napier of Tennessee, Dr. S. G. Elbert of Delaware, 
and many others, the place of meeting for the eighth annual session of the 
National Negro Business League was decided in favor of Topeka. 

The Coming of the National Negro Business League. 

We feel that nothing more appropriate can be said of the coming of the 
National Negro Business League to our western city than has been expressed 
in the following circular, issued by our local Business League. The circular was 
prepared and published by the members of the advertising committee composed 
Of the following distinguished gentlemen: Chairman, Jas. H. Guy; Secretary, 
Rev. C. G. Fishback, B. D. ; Rev. J. E. Edwards, D. D. ; Hon. John H. B. Taylor, 
and Prof. F, Roundtree. 

The National Negro Business League, of which Booker T. Washington is 
President, will hold its eighth annual session in Topeka, Kansas, this year, the 
dates having been fixed for August 14th, 15th and 16th. 

It is the first time in the history of the organization that it has seen fit 
to hold a session so far west as Kansas. 

This League, as is generally knowm, is composed of many of the best, most 
influential and industrious men and women of the race, and we may say that 


in a large measure, represents the wealth, business acumen and intelligence ot 
the race. And when we say intelligence, we do not mean to confine the terms 
to literary attainments, but we mean that class of men and women who do 
things, who accomplish something for themselves, and are a living and prac- 
tical example to the commercial and business world that could well be emu- 
lated. Men and women of every livelihood are represented in this great con- 
course of industry that is soon to invade, for the first time, the broad and 
inviting plains of historic Kansas. 

Largely the majority of those attending will come from the North, East 
and South ; some as delegates, and many as friends of the League Who will 
make the trip to see the West as a matter of curiosity arid personal pleasure. 
The attendance will be large, we dare say the largest iri the history of the 
League in point of delegates enrolled* 

What will the W est do ? To what extent will we contribute to this splendid 
galaxy of the commercial and business world? Is it not the most opportune 


Secretary National Negro Business 

Member Executive Committee 
National Negro Business League 

moment to place ourselves favorably before those of the more distant parts, wlio 
are soon to become our guests ? 

It will be a splendid opportunity for the North, South, East and West 
to touch the cord of common brotherhood and for three days drink from the same 
fountains that will be filled with the lessons of economy, thrift and industry. 
There has never been a time in the history of this Republic when there was a 
greater necessity for a common understanding; an understanding as to the best 
methods of making a life worth living. Of making a life not only commendable 
to ourselves or one's own country, but to the world. 

The program for this session will be ripe with seed thoughts, thoughts 
Which when once dropped will take root and send forth an hundred fold. The 


benefits to be derived from this meeting, especially to the West, are incalcu- 
lable. The opportunity will not, unless we begin at once to look, be seen 
until it is past. 

To the end, therefore, that we in the West especially may be able to grasp 
and hold all the benefits that are to be derived from the meeting, it is urged 
that in each community (city and country alike), Leagues — Business Men's 
Leagues — be organized and delegates elected at once to attend tin's meeting, 
and that all business men and women put forth every possible effort to be in 
attendance and hear the program. 

The committee on transportation is assured of a rate of not over one and 
one-third fares for the round trip for the benefit of those who may avail them- 
selves of the opportunity. 

Topeka most heartily extends to all her warmest and best right hand. The 
necessary committees have been appointed and ample accommodations for all 
will be provided. A most hearty reception will be extended. 

City Federation of Clubs (Women). 

A. B. 0. U. T. Club— Miss Hattie Harper, Pres. 
Ardeh Club — C. F. Clinkscale, Pres.; Mrs. D. H. Watkins, Secy. 
Athenean Club — Mrs. A. Weatherly, Pres.; Mrs. R. Williams, feecy. 
Autumn Leaf Club. 

Coterie Club — Mrs. E. M. Guy, Pres.; Mrs. O. A. Taylor, Secy. 
Dumas Club — Mrs. P. Tolbert, Pres.; Mrs. M. Oliver, Secy. 
Excelsior Club — Mrs. L. Jordon, Pres.; Mrs. J. Barker, Secv. 
Golden Rod Club— Miss L. B. Ford, Pres.; Mrs. M. Caldwell, Secy. 
Imperial Art Club — 

Mothers' Congress — Mrs. R. H. Wade, Pres.; Miss M. J. Jordon, Secy. 
Ne Plus Ultra Club— Mrs. J. Smith, Pres.; Mrs. R. McCarroll, Secy. 
Oriental Club — Mrs. M. Carson, Pres. 

Orphans' Home — Mrs. S. Tellas, Pres. ; Mrs. J. B. Roundtree, Secy. 

Clubs — Social, Literary, Etc. 

Cosmopolitan Club — J. H. Guy, Pres.; F. Roundtree, Secy. 
Ivy Club— J. H. Childers, Pres. 

Ladies' Guild of St. Simon Church — Mrs. J. H. Guy, Pres.; Mrs. F. E. Buckner. 

Oak Leaf Club- 
Pleasant Hour Literary Society — Dr. W. W. Caldwell, Pres.; Miss G. A. Wat- 
kins, Secy. 


Sheldon's — Tennessee Town Public Library. 

Insurance Companies. 

Knights and Ladies of the Orient — J. M. Wright, President; P. C. Dyer, Vice- 
President; A. S. Thomas, National Secretary; F. S. Thomas, National Treas. 

Topeka Council No. 1 — N. Sawyer, President; E. Ridley, Secy. 

Knights and Ladies of Protection — J. Mason, National President ; P. C. Thomas. 
National Secretary; J. G. Groves, National Treasurer. 

Topeka Council No. 1. — 


Euclid Lodge No. 2 — Chartered November 15, 1876. 
Mount Moriah Lodge No. 5 — Chartered March 10, 1880. 
Kaw Valley Lodge No. 18 — 

Lincoln Chapter No. 2 — Chartered August 7, 1880. 

Cyrene Commandery No. 3 — Warranted October 29, 1894. 

Xerxes Council No. 9, Royal and Select Masters — Chartered April 20, 1889. 

Seville Consistory No. 6, A. A. S. R— Chartered April 9, 1893. 

Oriental Temple A. A. O. N. M. S.— Chartered April 7, 1897. 


Ladies Orders. 

Bethany Chapter No. 8, 0. E. S, 
Myra c hapter No. •">. 0. E. s. 
Rebeccah Chapter No. 8. 

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. 

Exodus Lodge No. 2034 — Chartered December 1, 1878. 
Patriarch Council No. 105. 

Shawnee Lodge No. 1923 — Chartered September 13, 1874. 

Ladies' Order. 

Household of Ruth No. 1 GO— Chartered March 8, 1880. 

Knights of labor. 

Sunnyside Temple No. 59. 

Knights of Pythias. 

Excelsior Lodge No. 3 — Chartered October 24, 1893. 

Daughters of Calanthe. 

Prince Albert Court No. 85. 


First Grand Independent Benevolent Society. 
The First Union Benevolent Lodge of North Topeka, 
First G. I. B. S. Woman's Branch Lodge No. 3. 
Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria. 
Macedonia Lodge No. 9 — Chartered June 3, 1897. 

Fort Pillow Post No. 321. 

Some Members of the Famous Price Raid. 

Tolixer Bird. Edward Burge. 

Joseph Brashers. William Brooks. 

George Ellis. Lewis Gray. 

Samuel Hanks. James Phillips. 
Wesley Thomas. 

Members of the Spanish-American War. 

Capt. W. Reynolds. Prof. G. W. Jackson. 

• Perkins. McCarroll. 

Win. Vaughn. A. C. Harris. 

R. D. Guy. I. O. Guy. 

United Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World No. 55. 


Central Park — Between 13th and 15th Streets, east of Clay St. 

City Park — Bounded by the Kaw River, Kansas Ave., Crane and Harrison Sts. 

Chesney Park — Between 18th and 19th Sts., Buchan and Lincoln. 

Gage's Park — Three miles west of city on West 10th St. 

Holliday Park — Bounded by 12th, Taylor and Western Ave. 

Huntoon Park — Bounded by 12th St., Topeka Ave. and Huntoon St. 

Garfield Park — North of the City. 

Vinewood Park — Six miles east of the City. 

Wilson's Summer Garden — East of City, on Parkdale Street car line. 
Places of Interest for Strangers to Visit. 

Bethany College — Bounded by 8th and 10th Aves., Polk St. and Western Ave. 

Burnett's Mound — Five miles southwest of City. 

Governor's Mansion — Corner 8th Ave. and Buchanan St. 

Government Building — (Joiner 5th and Kansas Ave. 

Reform School for Boys — One and one-half miles north of City. 

Santa Fe Hospital — Corner of E. Gth and Adams St. 


Santa Fe General Offices — Corner 9th aid .Jackson Sts. 
Santa Fe Shops — Northeast of the City. 

State Capitol — Bounded by 8th and 10:h Aves.. Jackson and Harrison Sts 

state [nsane Asylum — Northwest of City, 

Topeka Industrial institute — Three mil's east of City. 

Washburn College — Southwesat of City. 

City Officers. 

Deputy City Marshal— Mr. C. C. Lytle. 
Assistant Surveyor — Mr. Robert De Frantz. 
Sanitary Police— Mr. S. W. Pasker. 
Dog t ateliers — Mr. \V. Core. Mr. Peter Davis. 

County Officers. 

Deputy C ounty Attorney — Hon. W. I. Jamison. 
Deputy County Treasurer — Hon. J. M. Wright. 
Deputy County Sheriff — Hon. H. I. Mon oe. 

Mr. A. P. Smith. 
Mr. Isiah Lizenby. 
Mr. B. J. Walker. 

Mail Carriers. 

Mail Clerks. 

Mr. J. Kuykendall. 

Clerk U. S. Weather Bureau. 

Officers Ladies' Auxiliary of the Y. M. C. A. 

Mrs. Dora Watkins, Pres. Mrs. J. H. Guy Treas. 

Mrs. E. Montgomery, Secy. 

Lee's Drug Store, 921 Kansas Ave. 


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Mr. Guy is a native or Ohio and secured his education in the Union School 
of that state and his college training at West Geneva, where by the direction 
of his parents lie was prepared for the ministry. After leaving college he taught 
school for two years, and then became a student at law in the office of the 
Honorable William Lawrence, LL.D., of Bellefountaine, Ohio. Mr. Guy enjoys 
the rare distinction of being the first colored person to be admitted to the 
practice of law by the Supreme Court of his native state. He came to Kansas 
in 1885, locating at Topeka. In the practice of his profession he has met 
with more than ordinary success. He served four years as deputy prosecuting 
attorney of the County of Shawnee and assisted in the prosecution of the 
famous Collins case, which is considered to have been the most interesting mur- 
der trial in the history of the state. 

Mr. Guy stands high with the members of his profession, and is the paid 
attorney of several fraternal and business concerns. He is a member of and 
senior warden in the Episcopal church, and is also prominent in social circles, 
lie is a forceful and logical debater, and takes an active part in political and 
all public matters pertaining to the nice. 



Mr. Thomas was born in the state of Missouri, Boone county. May 10. 1801. 
He attended the public schools of his state, and went to Ann Arbor, Mich., where 
lie entered the school of law. from which he graduated in June, 1887. He opened 
his office in August of the same year in this city, where he has practiced ever 
since. His practice at times extends to every court of the state. Mr. Thomas 
is a Vast Master of the Euclid Masonic Lodge No. 2, of this city, and is serv- 
ing his second term as district deputy of the Grand Lodge of Kansas. He has 
also been actively engaged in the Commandery of the state, and in the Cyrene 
Commandery crack drjll team of Kansas and Nebraska. In his profession,- Mr. 
Thomas is considered as one of the best read members in the city. 

Mrs. L. II. Slaughter was born in 
Montgomery county, Tennessee. She 
came to Kansas when a little girl with 
her parents. Her father bought a house 
and three lots on First street between 
Jackson and Van Buren streets. He 
with the help of his good wife, built two 
other houses, when the Pvock Island rail- 
road bought him out. He then bought 
34 lots on Grand avenue in Lowman Hill. 
From this place Mrs. Slaughter was mar- 
ried to L. H. Slaughter. Three children 
were born to them. About a year ago 
a Mrs. Nance came to Topeka and taught 
a class in millinery, to which class Mrs 
Slaughter belonged. She worked hard 
night and day, trying to learn all that 
was to be known about the trade, for 
she worried much about her three 
daughters, of what they could get to do 
when grown up, knowing the chances for 
the colored girls to learn trades were 
very scarce. She opened a shop on July 
15. 1906, in one side of a tailoring and 
cleaning shop, until she was able to se- 
cure another location. She had only $50 
to open with. This she had saved. She 
made one dozen hats, and bought a few 
flowers, braids and feathers in addition 
to the little furniture for the shop at 
the time. She staid there two months 

and a half, then moved on the 1st of November to the present stand, 431 Kan- 
sas avenue. Last fall she put in a $500-stock and does not owe a dollar on it 
so you see what a person can do if they try. This spring she has enlarged the 
store, had a large wall case built and expects to do ,a much larger business 
than last spring. She also expects to put in a massage and shampoo parlor. 


Henry Monroe was born in the state of Tennessee. He came to Kansas 
when five years of age. One year later he entered the public schools and 
received instructions in the common branches. His parents were poor and 
he was thrown on his own resources at an unusually early age. -He did all 
kinds of common labor, and for this reason was unable to go as far in school 
as he -desired. Similar reasons are so often given by shiftless people as a cause 
for not having made much progress in school that in justice to Mr. Monroe 
we wish to impress on the reader that this was not so in his case. The best 
proof of this is the fact that he entered the Industrial School as late as five 
years ago, and finished the Commercial and Business course. Shiftless men 
never make such a sacrifice after taking on themselves the obligations of mar- 


vied life. In the year of 1898 he was appointed deputy in the county treas- 
urer's office and held this position until four years ago, when he was appointed 
deputy county clerk. He filled this position ably, being credited as one of the 
most efficient assistants who has held the office. He was a strong candidate 
for county clerk last spring. His defeat was, and is yet, the cause of much 
bitterness on the part of his host of friends, both white and colored. Last fall 
Mr. Monroe was appointed, deputy sheriff of Shawnee county by Sheriff Wil- 
kerson. Mr. Monroe is a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and choir. He 
is a member of the Masonic lodge, the Knights of Pythias, and the I. B. P. 0. 
Elks No. 55. Mr. Monroe is one of the most reliable and strongest men of the 
city in his loyalty to all movements which are ofreal benefit to the local 
interests of the colored people. 


Dr. Taylor was born in Leavenworth 
Kansas, over 35 years ago. He spent 
his early boyhod at home, and. finished 
the public schools of Leavenworth. He 
entered Maharry Medical college and 
graduated from there in 1894. He prac- 
ticed in Macon, Mo., for four years, and 
where he enjoyed a lucrative practice. 
He came to Topeka in August, 1898 
seeking a larger field of work. He mar- 
ried Miss I. B. Harlan in April, 1895. 

Dr. Taylor's marvelous success in To- 
peka has inspired several young men to 
take courage and study medicine. He 
is a member of the Topeka Medical asso- 
ciation and the Kansas Medical society 
He is accorded the best of treatment and 
courtesy by the white members of his 
profession and is recognized as one of 
the best physicians in the city. The Doc- 
tor owns a handsome home at 1535 Van 
Buren street, as well as other residence 
property. He is one of the most popu- 
lar men in the city. 

Local Negro Business Men's League 

President, Ira (). Guy, 
Vice President, E. Ridley. 
Secretary, F. Roundtree. 
Treasurer, G. W. Hamilton. 

John .VI. Wright, Chairman. 
P. M. Stonestreet. 
Chas. A. Whitney. 
Robert N. Turner. 
J)r, 0. A. Taylor, 

F. Roundtree. 
D. D. Guy. 


Jas. H. Guv, Chairman. 
Rev. C. G. Fishback, B.D., Secy. 
Rev. J. E. Edwards, D.D. 
John H. B. Taylor. 
F. Roundtree. 


Miss Lena Thompson, Chairman. 
Frank Wilson. 


James Brown. 
.Fames Clayborn. 
Mrs. Wilson. 


R. D. Guv, Chairman. 

Rev. T. J. Carr; D.D. 

William Reynolds. 

Rev. J. E. Edwards. D.D. 

Rev. C. G. Fishback. 

W. T. Martin. 

Dr. J. H. Jamison. M.D. 

Home and Location. 

W. Hamilton. Chairman. 
Rev. J. E. Edwards, D.D. 
Rev. T. J. Carr. D.D. 
Rev. H. H. White. D.D. 
H. G. Mavburv. 
Rev. C. G. Fishback, B.D. 
Rev. D. Smith. D.D. 
Prof. W. R. Carter. 
Rev. G. W. Guy. 
John H. B. Taylor. 


Dr. 0. A. Taylor, Chairman. 

F. Roundtree. 
Kirk Pinkston. 
L. H. Slaughter. 
C. A. Whitney. 
R. X. Turner. 

Rev. G. D. Olden. D.D. 
E. Ridlev. 
W. T. McKnight. 
Prof. C. F. Clinkscale. 


G. A. Bigbee, Chairman. 

Mrs. L. H. Slaughter. 
Wm. Reynolds. 
R. D. Guy. 

Ways and Means. 

G. A. Bigbee. 
Prof. W. R. Carter. 
C. F. Clinkscale. 
Ira O. Guv. 

E. S. Lee/ 
C. C. Lytle. 
Mrs. J. H. King. 
Clay Odell. 

F. Roundtree. 
X. Sawyer. 


Edwin S. Lee, Chairman. 
Rev. G. D. Olden, D.D. 
Miss Lena Thompson. 
Dr. O. A. Taylor. 
Jas. H. Guy. 
F. Roundtree. 

F. (Stonestreet. 
E. Ridlev. 

G. W. Charles. 
W. T. McKnight. 
C. C. Lytle. 
Wallace Williams. 
Dr. J. M. Jamison. 
Mrs. L. H. Slaughter. 
Mrs. J. H. King. 
Hon. N. Chiles. 

A. M. Thomas. 

G. W. Hamilton. 

R. D. Guv. 

Prof. S. G. Watkins. 

R. N. Turner. 

Topeka and It' 


Second Baptist, corner 3d and Quincy. 

Pastor. Rev. T. J. Carr, D.D. 
Third Baptist. 12th and Washington. 

Rev. H. W. Bell, Pastor. 
Central Baptist. North Jackson St. 

Rev. H. H. White D.D., Pastor. 
Shiloh Baptist. 12th and Buchanan. 

Rev. C. G. Fishback. D.D.. Pastor. 

W. T. McKnight, Supt, S. S. Capt, 

Wm. Reynolds, Chorister. 
Mt. Olive, Kious and X. Topeka Ave. 
Primitive Baptists, King and Bu- 
Mt. Hope Baptist. 


Second Christian, corner West and 
12th. Rev. B. C. Duke. Pastor. 

s Environments 


St. Simon the Cyrenian Mission, 7th 
and Western Ave. Rev. Father 
Henry B. Brown, D.D. 


Asburv M. E.. 837 X. Van Buren. 
Rev! D. Smith, Pastor. 

Mt. Olive M. E.. 12th and Buchanan. 
Rev. McFarland. 

Brown Chapel A. M. E., 1205 Wash- 
ington Ave. Pulpit vacant by recent 
death of Pastor, Rev. Gamble. 

St. John A. M. E., corner 7th and To- 
peka Ave. Rev. J. E. Edwards, 
D.D., Pastor. Prof. R. Vvade, Supt. 
S. S. Miss Mary Jodran, Chorister. 


SI . Mark A. M. E. Church. Rev. House 

[y, Pastor. 
Lane Chapel, 14th and Van Buren. 

Rev. Norris, Pastor. 


Second Cumberland Presbyterian, 210 

E. 13th St. Rev. Nicroison, Pastor. 

G. A. Bigbee, iSupt. S. S. Mr. Price 

Thomas, Chorister. 
Y. M. C. A. (Colored Dept.). Dr. W. 

E. Jackson, President. Mr. Robert 

De Frantz, Secretary. 



Buchanan School. 

Prof. C. F. Clinkendale, Principal. 
Miss Erne Burge. 
Miss Belle Fort. 
Mr. Gait ha Page. 

Lane School. 

Prof. S. G. Watkins, Principal. 
Mrs. Minta G. Beck Caldwell. 
Miss Hester G. Hawkins. 
Miss Mary B. Patterson. 

Lowman Hill School. 

Mrs. Mollie Langston, Principal. 
Miss Lela B. Ford. 

Madison School. 

Prof. Reuben F. Wade, Principal. 
Mrs. Sadie R. McLean. 
Prof. Nathaniel Sawyer. 
Miss Inez Wood. 

Monroe School. 

Prof. Frederick Roundtree, Principal. 
Miss Bessie Hawkins. 
Miss Willa Merriweather. 
Miss Maggie Foster. 
Miss Cyrene Smith. 

Washington School. 

Prof. J. L. Harrison, Principal. 
Mrs. W. I. Jamison. 
Miss Lillian Jeltz. 
Prof. Ezekiel Ridley. 

Industrial Institute. 

Prof. Wm. R. Carter, Principal. 
D. W. Howard, Business Manager. 


Business — Prof. William Johnson. 
Carpentry — J. R. Langdon. 
Domestic Sceince — Miss Agnes Rowley. 
Elocution — Mrs. Fannie Moten. 
Farming — Mr. Murray. 

-Millinery — Miss Jennie Ballentine. 
Music — Miss E. James. 
Printing — Prof. ,M. W. Freeman. 
Sewing — Miss A. Watkins. 
Tailoring — Mr. James Brock. 

Y. M. C. A. (Colored Dept.) Night 

Common School Branches — Prof. E. 

Ridley, Principal. 

Prof. R. F. Wade, Assistant. 
Commercial and Business Course — 

John M. Wright, Instructor. 
Physical Culture (Gymnasium) — Dr. 

W. W. Caldwell. 

Prof. G. A. Page. 

Mr. F. De Frantz. 
Spanish — Major John M. Brown. 


Guy, James H., 429 Kansas Ave. 
Jamison, Wesley I., Deputy County 

Attorney, County Court House. 
Jones, Paul, West 14th St. 
Thomas, A. M., 413 Kansas Ave. 

Ministers of the Gospel. 

Bell, Rev. 

Baker, Rev. R. P. 

Brown, Rev. Father Henry B., 516 

Taylor St. 
Burton, Rev. J. S., King and Buchanan 


Carr, Rev. T. J., 3d and Quincy St. 
Crockett, Rev. J., 429 Kansas Ave. 
Duke, Rev. B. C, 1221 Buchanan St. 
Edwards, Rev. J. E., 511 W. 7th St. 
Fishback, Rev. C. G., 1201 W. 12th St. 
Houslev, Rev., St. Marks. 
Hart, Rev. G. W. 
King, Rev. H. W., 1312 Monroe St. 
Little, Rev. A. R., 1029 Grand Ave. 
Nicholson, Rev. 

Norris, Rev., 1330 Van Buren St. 
Olden, Rev. G. D., 201 Jackson St. 
Parks, Rev. 

Ransom, Rev. J. R., 1726 Topeka Ave. 
Smith, Rev. O. 
South, Rev., Presiding Elder. 
White, Rev. G. W. 

Physicians and Surgeons. 

Caldwell, Dr. W. W., 921 Kansas Ave. 
Jackson, Dr. Wm. E., 404 Kansas Ave. 
Jamison, Dr. J. M., 327 Madison St. 
Shields, Dr. I. A., 1331 Van Buren St. 
Taylor, Dr. Oliver A., 921 Kansas Ave. 


Thompson, Miss Lena, 1231 Kans. Ave, 


Barber Shops. 

Caldwell. WV, 115 W. 7th St. 
Carter, J., 1025 Kansas Ave. 
.Johns & Alexander. 93] Kansas Ave. 
Lvtle, C. CL 105 W. 5th St. 
Lvtle, C. C, 1003 Kansas Ave. 
M (Carroll, 109 W. 7th St. 
Moody. P.. 921 N. Kansas Ave. 
White, Henry D., 110 Kansas Ave. 


Stevens. W. B. St. 

Trotter. Sherman. X. Topeka Ave. and 
Gordon St. 


Allen. 1003 Kansas Ave. 
Bailev. Mrs. W. J.. 107 E. 7th St. 
Bennett. Otto. 117 E. 4th St. 
Charles. Dupree, 108 Kansas Ave. 
Dnpree. Andrew. 116% Kansas Ave. 
Howard's Cafe, 118 Kansas Ave. 
Henderson's Cafe. 108 Kansas Ave. 
Penwell & Wilson, 105 W. 5th St. 
Rock Island Cafe, 102 Kansas Ave. 
Williams' Cafe. 119 Kansas Ave. 
Wilson's Cafe. 19 Holiday St. 

Coal and Feed. 

Coleman, J. G.. 116 X. Kansas Ave. 
Davis, Peter. 15th and Monroe St. 
Hale. Wesley. 13th and Monroe St. 
Pottinger, J. E.. 8th and Hancock St. 

Drug Stores. 

Capital Pharmacy, 324 Kansas Ave. 
Lee's Drug Store. 921 Kansas Ave. 


Berry. J. 519 X. Kansas Ave. 
Bigbee, G. A.. 13th and Quincy St. 
Boudre. J. 1731 Kansas av. 
Brown. W. B.. 1169 Buchanan St. 
Chiles, John. 1201 Washington Ave. 
Ferguson. J. M.. 15th and Quincy St. 
Guv Brothers. 311 W. 14th St. 
King. Mrs. J. H.. 615 E. 10th St. 
Odell. Clay, 1301-1303 Kansas Ave. 
Overton. M. W.. 907 X. Western Ave. 
Quarles. W. M.. 512 W. B St. 
Thompson & Morton, 2001 W. 10th St, 
Stillie. John. 1187 Lincoln St. 
Scales. W.. 1st and Monroe St. 

Insurance Companies. 

Knights and Ladies of the Orient, 501 

Kansas Ave. 
Knights and Ladies of Protection. 115 
W. 5th St. 


Capital Hand Laundry. 109 E. 3d St. 
Wilson's Home Laundry, 612 E. 4th. 


L. H., 431 Kans. Ave. 

r th St. 

M. Adams, 323 


Bailey House, 217 E 
Potter's House, Mrs 

Kansas Ave. 
Slaughters. Mrs. Ellen, 14th and Mon 

roe St. 
Commercial Hotel. 

Slaughter, Mrs 


The Topeka Plaindealer, X. Chiles, 

Editor and Manager. 
The Watchman, 115" E. 5th St., J. H. 
Childers, Editor; P. C. Thomas, Mgr. 

Tailors, Cleaners and Dyers. 

Bradford. Geo. Glenwood Pantatorium,, 

105 W. 4th St. 
Bradshaw, J., Tailor, 407 Kansas Ave. 
Martin & Brown. Pantatorium. 115 W. 
7th St. 

Moore, J. W.. 931 Kansas Ave. 

Pool Halls. 

Bradshaw. C. 115 W. 5th St. 
Moody, R., 112 Kansas Ave. 
Vaughn & Oliver, 402 Kansas Ave. 


Lucas, W. H., 123 Kansas Ave. 
Slaughter, L. H., 431 Kansas Ave. 

Painters and Paper Hangers. 

Buckner, Mrs. F., W. 8th St. 
Long. H. G.. Morris Ave. 
Sanderson, Oscar A., 1180 West St. 

Second Hand Stores. 

Rock Island Second Hand Store, 112 
Kansas Ave. 


Grandpree, L., 28 Taylor St. 


Stonestreet & Hamilton, 7th and Quin- 
cy St. 

Wall Paper. 

Buckner, Mrs. F.. 918 W. 8th St. 


Harris. Mr. Arthur. 
Spotts, Mr. A. S. 


Allen. J. Moid. Poet. Author of 
Rhvmes, Tales and Rhvme Tales. 


Buckner, John W., Poet. 
Fishback, Rev. C. G. Author of The 
Uncrowned Queen. 


Walker, B. J. 
Whitney, C. A. 

Building Contractors. 

Buckner, Robert. 
Buckner, W. W. 


Hawkins, Spencer P. 
Hawkins, Charles. 
Bradford, Robert. 


Buckner, John L. 
Comer, Henry. 
Evans, P. E. 
Haggart, Benjamin. 
Harlburt, Wm. 
Martin, Robert. 
Stewart, Chas. 

Dressmakers and Seamstresses. 

Benning, Miss Missouri. 
Bryant, Mrs. M. 
Clark, Mrs. 

Dyer, Mrs. M. M. 
Harris, Miss Lulu. 
Jordon, Miss Mary. 
Page, Miss Minnie. 
Ransom, Mrs. Helen. 
Shields, Miss. 
Solomon, Miss Gertrude. 
Stewart, Mrs. Lenis. 
Young, Mrs. M. 

Fruit Farms. 

Brown, Major John M. 

Farmers and Truck Gardeners. 

Barber, Moses. 
Bolden, Montgomery. 
Bryant, Henry. 
Chiles, David. 
Chinn, Ernest. 
Cooper, W. C. 
Davis, John. 
Davis, James. 
Davis, William. 
De Moss, Isaac. 
De Moss, Henry. 
Fort, Benjamin. 
Fort Frank. 
Holt, James, 
James, Albert. 
James, John. 
Jamison, H. 
Keith, Robert. 
King, W. W. 
Minims, J. 
Parks, Jas. 
Patterson, Tyree. 
Powers, Jesse. 
Richardson, James. 
Smith, Wallace. 
Smith, Jason. 
Smith, Rockstin. 
Stewart, Charles. 
Spotts, Peter. 
Templeton, John. 
Tarbor, R. 
Terrell, Bob. 
Vance, Frank. 
Vance, Edward. 
Washington, Mr. Henry. 
Williams, Mrs. Wynder. 
Oden, Mr. P. E. 


Duke, B. C. 

Hair Dressers. 

Adams, Mrs. Maggie, 824 Clay St. 
Coleman, Mrs. Jas., 711 W. 14th St. 
Farris, Mrs., 9th and Spruce. 
Gaines, Mrs. E., 11th and Fillmore. 
Moss, Mrs. Geo. 


Rav, Dennis, 



Barker, Hoy. 
Core, William. 
Dunn, R. 
Farrell, William. 
Farris, William. 
Hagan, A. G. 
Morton, Wm. 
Ridley, Ezekiel. 
Roundtree, Frederick. 
Sawyer, Nathaniel. 

Painters and Paper Hangers. 

Buckner, Mrs. Frances. 
Long, Clarence. 
Sanderson, Oscar. 
Washington, Victor. 
Overr, Sherman. 
Hardison, Samuel. 


Boone, Harry. 

McCoy, William. 
Moore. John. 
Simms,J. H. 
Simms, J. F. 
Spaulding, Jackson. 
Spaulding, Albert. 
Spires, Henry. 
Wade, Albert. 

Plumbers and Gas Fitters. 

Shields, W. . 
Thompson, D. W. 
Turner, R. 


Dorsey, J. W. 
Harris, Arthur. 
Simms, Harry. 

Smith, Ira, foreman Topeka Plaindeal 
Solomon, William. 
Wallace. A. 
Percy, Miss. 

Real Estate. 

Hilliard, R, 
Taylor, J. H. B. 

Shoemakers and Menders. 

Alexander, A., E. 4th St. 
Fuel, H. Sr., 105 W 6th St. 
Fuel, H. Jr. 

Page, J. D., 924 Clay St. 
Roberts, S. 


Hightower, Geo. 

Stonemasons and Contractors. 

Austin, H. 

Benning. James. 

Berming, John. 

( Jarrington, Abraham. 

Chaney, Al. 

Este'ys, E. 

Ewing, George. 

Gray, H. 

Harris. C. 

Hicks, W. 

Hightower, J. James. 

Lane, W. 

James, W. 

Level, Ezekiel. 

McKnight, W. T. 


Rice, S. 

Russell. E. 

White. Jerry. 

Hon. J. M. WRIGHT 

National President Knights and Ladies 
of the Orient 


McNeal, Miss Pearl. 
McNeal, Miss Lena. 
Jones, Cora. 
Brown, Russell. 
Guy, R. D. 

Chiles, Miss Annieholas. 
Mosely, Flossie. 

Tile and Mantel Setters. 

Ransom. Wm. 



Eagleson, Frank, 
Lee, Edwin S. 
White, Jas. 

Proprietors of Large Tracts of Farm 
Land in Shawnee County. 

Brown, Major John M., 100a. 
Chiles, David, 160a. 
Chinn, Ernest, 110a. 
Cooper Bros., 103a. 
Cooper, Jesse, 103a. 
Davis, William. 80a. 
Davis, W. H. H., 200a. 
Holtz, W., 160a. 
James, John, 400a. 
Mimms, J., 35a. 
Oden, P. E., 40a. 
Parks, James, 80a. 
Stonestreet, Fred, 80a. 
Terrell, Robert, 60a. 
Turner Bros., 110a. 
Vance, Frank and Edward, 460a. 
Williams, Mr., 40a. 
W T ynder, Mr., 40a. 
Washington, Henry. 


Young Men's Gun Club, E. S. Lee, 

The Critendon Rescue Home, 1014 
Washburn Ave. Mrs. Mary Malone, 
Pres.; Mrs. E. M. Guy, Secy. 

Pres.; V. Washington, Secy. 
Johnson's Giants Baseball Club. 
Whist Club, V. Washington, Pres. 
Metropolitan Vaudeville Co., A. 
Harris, Manager. 



Topeka Colored Business League, I. O. 
Guy, Pres.; F. Roundtree, Secy.; 
G. W. Hamilton, Treas. 


Colored Orphans' Home. Mrs. Tullis, 
Pres.; Mrs. A. Roundtree, Secy. 


Heddleson's Quintette. 
Topeka Choral Club, Ira Guy, Dir. 


Afro- American League, Major John M. 
Brown, Pres.; J. H. Guy, V.-Pres.; 
P. C. Thomas, Secy. 
Lincoln Day Club, J. H. B. Taylor, 

Pres.; C. C. Lytle, Secy. 
Tennessee Town Protective Associa- 
tion, O. H. Anderson, Pres.; P. 
Davis, Secy. 

Topeka Fire Company No. 3. 

Captain, Mr. Louis Knott. 
Lieutenant, Mr. Henry Washington. 
Hoseman, Mr. George Sneed. 
Hoseman, Mr. C. Meaux. 


Mr. Frank Wilson, Prop, and Mgr. 

Musical Organizations. 

Bigbee's Juvenile Band, G. A. Big- 
bee, Director. 

Jackson's 23d Regiment Military Band, 
Prof. G. W. Packson, Director; Mr. 
D. Beard, Chief Musician. 

North Topeka Imperial Band. 

Northington's Orchestra, L. Northing- 
ton, Director and Manager. 

Wilson's Family Orchestra, Miss Ogeal 
Wilson, Director and Manager. 

Yale's Orchestra, J. M. Ferguson, Di- 
rector; William Vaughn, Manager. 









A National Negro Insurance 

Incorporated under the Laws of Kansas 

Issues policies for $250 00, $500.00 and $1000.00 

This is the only negro Fraternal Insurance Company 
in the United States 

J. M. Mason, National President, Topeka, Kansas. 
J. M. Pope, National Vice-President, Topeka, Kansas. 
G. G. Brown, M. D. National Medical Examiner, Atchinson 
J. G. Groves, National Treasurer 

For Further Information Address 

P. C. T H OM AS, 

115 W. 5th Street TOPEKA, KANSAS 


Chairman Executive Committee National Negro 
Business League 



Monuf octurad by 
Syracuse, N.Y. 
Stockton, Calit.